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Dyeing/Bleaching FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should I condition my hair before or after applying hair dye?
  • How can I make my hair white-blonde?
  • How can I tell if my hair is damaged?
  • Where can I buy permanent unnatural colored dye?
  • Why do semi-permanent dyes fade?
  • How long should I wait before re-dyeing?
  • How long should I wait before bleaching back to blonde?
  • What are the ingredients in Directions hair dye?
  • What are the ingredients in Punky Colour hair dye?
  • What are the ingredients in Special Effects hair dye?
  • What are the ingredients in Adore hair dye?
  • What are the ingredients in Manic Panic hair dye?

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Should I condition my hair before or after applying hair dye?
You should not use conditioner in your hair before applying these semi-permanent hair dyes, as this can prevent the hair dye from absorbing and sticking to the hair. Many of the semi-permanent hair dyes we carry have conditioning agents in them that will condition as they color your hair, so you may find you don't need to use conditioner after coloring either. But if your hair still feels damaged and you need to condition it, it's best to do it after applying the dye, and wait until the next day if you can.


Q: How can I make my hair white / platinum blonde?
A: Your hair will need to be bleached to a pale yellow (similar to the inside of a banana peel). If you have dark hair, you may need to bleach your hair twice in order to get to a pale yellow color. You don't want to bleach your hair past this stage, don't leave the bleach in until it is actually white because then you will have damaged your hair beyond the normal bleaching damage. Once your hair is bleached to a pale yellow, you will then need to tone it using a semi-permanent ash/violet based toner. You may need to tone more than once. This will remove the brassy/yellow-tones from your hair. Remember you must wash the bleach out of the hair thoroughly before applying the toner. You can also try violet tinted shampoo to tone the yellow out of your hair.


Q: How can I tell if my hair is damaged?
A: If your hair is breaking off a lot or feels like straw, it is damaged! You need to use some good deep conditioning treatments often, as well as a daily conditioner to help restore it to its normal condition.


Q: Where can I buy permanent unnatural colored dye?
A: I am unfamiliar with any permanent punky colored hair dyes products and have not been able to find any information about it. You could try talking with a professional hair colorist at a salon, they may be able to give you a permanent shade you like, however most salons will use the same type of semi-permanent colors that we carry in the store.


Q: Why do semi-permanent dyes fade?
A: Well, because they are semi-permanent! The formula is designed to fade. While there are things you can do to help the dye last longer, it is still possible for the dye to fade quickly. Some people have longer lasting results than others depending on hair type and how they take care of their hair, as well as how the dye was applied. There are several factors that contribute to the lasting power of the dye in your hair, read over the about hair dye section on this page for more information. The surest way to keep the color is when it starts to fade recolor it. For best results, bleaching your hair first is recommended.


Q: How long should I wait before re-dyeing?
A: The answer to this question is primarily dependent upon your hair type, the current health of your hair, and the brand of products used. Since semi-permanent dyes such as the types we sell at iDyeMyHair.com are not damaging to your hair (some actually have conditioning agents in them!), your only real concern on deciding whether to re-dye is whether or not the colors will somehow contrast when dyed on top of the other, or if you will need to bleach your hair again to get the desired shade. You should always avoid bleaching hair that has already been bleached. If you notice the health of your hair worsening from dyeing your hair too often, then you might want to hold back on dyeing for awhile and work on deep conditioning treatments to bring health back to your hair.


Q: How long should I wait before bleaching back to blonde?
A: The answer to this question is again primarily dependent upon your hair type, the current health of your hair, and the brand of products used. With bleaching, it is a bad idea to bleach hair that is already bleached. This is why when you do your root touch-ups you only bleach the dark hair (your roots) and not your whole head, as this can be extremely bad for your hair! It is also a bad idea to use a permanent color remover on top of bleached hair. Both can cause severe and irreparable damage to the hair if overprocessed. However, if your hair color is faded, and you anxious to bleach to a blonde again - first try shampooing your hair a lot to try to fade the color out faster. The more you wash your hair, the quicker the color will fade. If your hair is in good healthy condition, and you must use bleach to lighten, you're probably going to be fine doing a light bleach but as always - be careful as to how long you leave the bleach in. If you are concerned about the health of your hair and need to go lighter, the best solution would be to have a professional hair colorist examine your hair condition and help decide the next step to achieve the desired results.

What are the ingredients in LaRiche Directions hair dye?
The ingredient list for Directions hair color is as follows:
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate (and)Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth –20, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Methylparaben. May contain: CI12250, CI12245, CI12719, CI60730, CI42000, Basic Red 46, CI11270, CI42535, CI48054, CI48013, CI42595, CI52015, HC Yellow 2, Basic Red 15, Basic Yellow 21, CI42520, HC Yellow 4, Basic Orange 31, CI56059, Basic Red 51, CI51004, FD&C Red 3, Basic Yellow 40, CI45170 (Ingredient list accurate as of 04/27/2012 and based on manufacturers product packaging. Always check the label before use in case of any changes in the ingredient list).

What are the ingredients in Punky Colour hair dye?
The ingredient list for Punky Colour hair color is as follows:
Water (eau), Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mineral Oil, (Huile minerale), Fragrance (parfum), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone May also contain: Basic Blue 3 (CI 51004), Basic Blue 54 (CI 11052), Basic Orange (CI 11320), Basic Red 2 (CI 50240), Basic Violet 2 (CI 42520), Basic Violet 13 (CI 42536), Basic Violet 14 (CI 42510), Basic Yellow 29 (CI Basic Yellow 29). (Ingredient list accurate as of 04/27/2012 and based on manufacturers product packaging. Always check the label before use in case of any changes in the ingredient list).

What are the ingredients in Special Effects hair dye?
The ingredient list for Special Effects hair color is as follows:
H20 to one hundred, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mixes of Dyes, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methlparaben, Propylparaben. (Ingredient list accurate as of 04/27/2012 and based on manufacturers product packaging. Always check the label before use in case of any changes in the ingredient list).

What are the ingredients in Adore hair dye?
The ingredient list for Adore hair color is as follows:
Deionized water (Aqua), aloe vera (aloe barbadensis), citric acid, hydrolyzed collagen, octoxynol-9, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, ppg-1, peg-9 lauryl glycol ether, methylchoroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, sodium citrate, fragrance (parfum) May Contain: CI48035, CI11320, CI11055, CI51004, CI42420, CI 27720, CI48055 (Ingredient list accurate as of 04/27/2012 and based on manufacturers product packaging. Always check the label before use in case of any changes in the ingredient list).

What are the ingredients in Manic Panic hair dye?
The ingredient list for Manic Panic classic cream hair color is as follows:
Water (Eau, Aqua), Synthetic Beeswax, Cetearly Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (flower) Extract, Acetic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol. May Contain: CI15510, CI 17200, CI 42090, CI47005, CI12250, CI12251, CI61570 (Ingredient list accurate as of 04/27/2012 and based on manufacturers product packaging. Always check the label before use in case of any changes in the ingredient list).

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